Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stuff from the Internet

The Silent Years (video) - Taking Drugs at the Amusement Park
(thank Yahoo! for the cheese cracker commercial)

...dig the cinematography...
says singer/guitarist Josh Epstein: "We reached out blindly to the Paul Green School of Rock and they were receptive so we nervously showed up to teach the kids our song. We spent a long day there and brought pizza and snacks and taught the kids various parts. Then the most amazing stuff started happening, like conversations about how to start bands and how to tour and it wound up being one of the most rewarding days I can remember. "

The Silent Years - (mp3) - Taking Drugs at the Amusement Park
(from their latest, the Let Go EP on SideCho Records)


Also, as you've heard everywhere else on the indie-rock-leaning blogger world - someone specifically stood out, in the crowd at a recent Grizzly Bear show - Jay-Z is a fan of indie-rock too - and he wants healthy competition.

"It felt like us in the beginning. These concerts, they're not on the radio, no one hears about them, and there's 12,000 people in attendance. And the music that they're making and the connection they're making to people is really inspiring. So I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music. Because it can happen. Because that's what rap did to rock."When rock was the dominant force in music, rap came and said, 'Y'all got to sit down for a second, this is our time.' And we've had a stranglehold on music since then. So I hope indie rock pushes rap back a bit because it will force people to make great music for the sake of making great music."


Q-tip's long-awaited/long-lost album Kamaal the Abstract is coming out on Battery Records - take a listen.

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